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Aug. 3, 2022

Food Health App Receives Green Light in Italy After Curtailing Nutri-Score Influence

The Yuka app will lower the importance of a food item’s Nutri-Score ranking and give more emphasis to micronutrients and additives.

Aug. 1, 2022

Farmers in Ancient Olympia Are Restoring Olive Groves Destroyed in Last Year's Fires

Almost a year after devastating wildfires destroyed more than 400,000 trees in the region, the new Koroneiki plants represent a lifeline to the local community.

Jul. 25, 2022

Rising Olive Oil Prices Do Not Slow Consumption in Europe

Growing demand from households and the recovery of the foodservice sector are the main drivers increasing olive oil sales in the E.U.

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Jul. 25, 2022

European Commission Proposes Eliminating Tariffs on Fertilizer Ingredients

Inflation, supply chain issues and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have resulted in skyrocketing ammonia prices and rising urea prices, forcing the E.U. to act.

Jul. 25, 2022

Olive Council Earmarks Funds to Promote Olive Culture

The IOC will cover up to 50 percent of the expenses that farmers, companies and institutions of its member countries incur to set up and run the projects.

Jul. 25, 2022

Croatian Agriculture Minister Visits Burned Properties in Dalmatia

Witnessing the affects of Croatia’s worst wildfire season since 2017, Marija Vučković promised compensation and support to affected olive growers and farmers.

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Jul. 13, 2022

Consuming EVOO Results in More Polyphenols in Breast Milk, Study Finds

The study is reportedly the first to evaluate the possible vertical transmission of polyphenols to the offspring of laboratory rats fed extra virgin olive oil during pregnancy and lactation.

Jul. 13, 2022

Agricultural Incomes Rise in Andalusia, Boosted by Resurgent Olive Oil Sector

Andalusian agricultural income exceeded €10 billion for the first time, spurred on by a 77-percent increase in the value of its olive oil production.

Jul. 11, 2022

Trade Group Opposes Proposed Retail Sales of Bulk Olive Oil in Europe

Consumers and environmental associations advocate retail sales of olive oil in bulk in the E.U. as a more environmental-friendly practice. Fedolive strongly disagrees.

Jul. 11, 2022

Preliminary Estimates Suggest Significant Drop in California Production

The Olive Oil Commission of California, which represents 90 percent of the state’s production, said its members will produce 1.8 million gallons this crop year.

Jul. 6, 2022

New European Label Recognizes Health Benefits of High-Polyphenol EVOOs

The goal of the Aristoil Plus project is to improve olive oil quality among its members and promote olive oil as a nutraceutical food to consumers.

Jul. 5, 2022

Greek Producers Reject Restrictions on Use of 'Kalamata’ on Table Olives

According to the interprofessional, producers of Kalamata olives outside of Messenia will suffer “immeasurable damage” as a result of the restrictions.

Jul. 5, 2022

Italy’s Farmhouses Enjoy a Post-Pandemic Boom

A new study found that more than seven in 10 Italians plan to visit a local farmhouse this summer.

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May. 16, 2022

Rising Prices Contribute to Spike in Olive Thefts in Jaén

The increase in thefts, which mainly involve criminal organizations stealing harvested olives from the field or the mills, was largely attributed to rising prices.

May. 11, 2022

New Rules for Tunisian Olive Oil Exports to Europe

Tunisian producers who hope to qualify for the E.U.’s duty-free quota must provide details about their shipments and obtain permission from the agricultural ministry.

May. 11, 2022

Syngenta CEO: Ukraine Crisis Calls for Shift Away from Organic Farming

Erik Fyrwald warned that focusing on following organic agriculture protocols instead of sustainable practices will exacerbate global food insecurity.

May. 10, 2022

2021 Saw Record Numbers of Trees Destroyed

Most deforestation took place in Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, increasing deforestation in the Arctic due to climate change alarms experts.

May. 9, 2022

NASA Climate Scientist Wins World Food Prize

Cynthia Rosenzweig was among the very first researchers who investigated the connections between climate change and agricultural output.

May. 6, 2022

Farmers' Group in Spain Criticizes Plan to Support Traditional Olive Growers

Asaja said the amount of money proposed for the country’s 1.9 million hectares of traditional groves was “insufficient” and misdirected.

May. 5, 2022

Drought Leads to Predictions of Weak Harvest in Argentina

The olive-harvesting season has started in Argentina, but farmers expect low yields and rising costs.

May. 5, 2022

Italian EVOO Reaches the International Space Station

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti brought four Italian monovarietals to the ISS, which will be used for a series of experiments and food preparation.

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